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L’Epée, - A Rare Moonphase Carriage Clock with Tourbillon

Made in limited numbers in the mid 1990s by the finest carriage clock makers still in production, having been founded by Auguste L’Epée in 1839 in Besançon, France. This model has an eight-day duration movement striking the hours and and half-hours on a gong, with push button repeat, and was produced with a complicated and highly-unusual tourbillon platform escapement. The backlate is stamped with the L’Epée trademark. The white enamel dial has black Roman hour numerals, Arabic five-minute markings, blued steel hands and also features a rare moonphase aperture to the centre, along with three subsidiary dials showing the days of the week, the date and the alarm setting, and is signed L’Epée Fondée en 1839. The corniche case is numbered to the underside Tourbillon No.59 and Boitier No.41, with the front of the case engraved Souscription Special ANCAHA No.41 1967 - 1987, being for the twentieth anniversary of the founding of the French Association Nationale des Collectionneurs et Amateurs d'Horlogerie Ancienne, disbanded in 2015 and now a part of the AFAHA, the Association Française des Amateurs d’Horlogerie Ancienne formed in 1981. Complete with original key and travelling box and with original booklet, guarantee and import stamp. When this model was first produced L’Epée made the following statement: L’Epée has decided to return to one of the firm’s key areas of expertise that has made the company famous over the years by designing and developing one of the complications most sought-after by connoisseurs: a “Carrousel” type tourbillon. In this type of complication, the balance, the spring and the escapement are housed within a carriage of which the rotation axis coincides with the centre of the escapement and performs one complete turn per minute. This finely tuned carriage contains a poising weight and its rotation is driven by the barrel via a classic gear train. Height:  5¾ inches (14¾ cms) handle down: 6¾ inches (17 cms) handle up Please click on images to enlarge: Any additional images are shown below

L’Epée

The Revue chronométrique of 1889 gives a history of the company stating it was founded in 1839 by Auguste L’Epée, born 1798, as a musical box manufacturer in St-Suzanne in the Doubs department of France, in partnership with Pierre-Henri Paur from Geneva. Auguste died in 1875 after which the company was continued by his family. Awarded a Medaille d’Argent (Silver Medal) at the Paris Exposition of 1878 where described as Maison Geneva. Revue chronométrique January 1880, Listes des Brevet Invention: 3 Juin 1879, 131,336 Échappement d'horlogerie à double roue.  (Horological escapement with a double wheel.) One of a number of various patents relating to platform escapements dating back to 1857 as L’Epée became one of the largest suppliers of high-quality platform escapements as used by carriage clock makers such as Jacot and Drocourt. Awarded Medaille d’Or (Gold Medal) at the Paris Expositions of 1889 and 1900 as L’Epée (Auguste) et Cie.

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L’Epée, - A Rare Moonphase Carriage Clock with Carousel Tourbillon

Made in limited numbers by one of the finest carriage clock makers still in production, having been founded by Auguste L’Epée in 1839 in Besançon, France. This model has an eight-day duration movement striking the hours and and half-hours on a gong, with push button repeat, and was produced with a complicated and highly-unusual tourbillon platform escapement. The backlate is stamped with the L’Epée trademark. The white enamel dial has black Roman hour numerals, Arabic five-minute markings, blued steel hands and also features a rare moonphase aperture to the centre, along with three subsidiary dials showing the days of the week, the date and the alarm setting, and is signed L’Epée Fondée en 1839. The corniche case is numbered to the underside Tourbillon No.59 and Boitier No.41, with the front of the case engraved Souscription Special ANCAHA No.41 1967 - 1987, being for the twentieth anniversary of the founding of the French Association Nationale des Collectionneurs et Amateurs d'Horlogerie Ancienne, disbanded in 2015 and now a part of the AFAHA, the Association Française des Amateurs d’Horlogerie Ancienne formed in 1981. Complete with original key and travelling box and with original booklet, guarantee and import stamp. When this model was first produced L’Epée made the following statement: L’Epée has decided to return to one of the firm’s key areas of expertise that has made the company famous over the years by designing and developing one of the complications most sought-after by connoisseurs: a “Carrousel” type tourbillon. In this type of complication, the balance, the spring and the escapement are housed within a carriage of which the rotation axis coincides with the centre of the escapement and performs one complete turn per minute. This finely tuned carriage contains a poising weight and its rotation is driven by the barrel via a classic gear train. Height:  5¾ inches (14¾ cms) handle down: 6¾ inches (17 cms) handle up.

L’Epée

The Revue chronométrique of 1889 gives a history of the company stating it was founded in 1839 by Auguste L’Epée, born 1798, as a musical box manufacturer in St-Suzanne in the Doubs department of France, in partnership with Pierre-Henri Paur from Geneva. Auguste died in 1875 after which the company was continued by his family. Awarded a Medaille d’Argent (Silver Medal) at the Paris Exposition of 1878 where described as Maison Geneva. Revue chronométrique January 1880, Listes des Brevet Invention: 3 Juin 1879, 131,336 Échappement d'horlogerie à double roue. (Horological escapement with a double wheel.) One of a number of various patents relating to platform escapements dating back to 1857 as L’Epée became one of the largest suppliers of high-quality platform escapements as used by carriage clock makers such as Jacot and Drocourt. Awarded Medaille d’Or (Gold Medal) at the Paris Expositions of 1889 and 1900 as L’Epée (Auguste) et Cie.

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